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and republicans here with concerns about hagel. john brennan, protests by aclu and others on that nomination. protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time, he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> president, i'll give you my honest and most informed consens consensus. >> reporter: he has backed cuts at the pentagon. >> as a successful businessman, he also knows as we have tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too tough on our ally israel. >> he's had a record of distinguished service but he's profoundly wrong on a number of the most important national security issues that face our country today. >
: president obama also nominated his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, to serve as cia director. john brennan was considered for cia director back in 2008 but he withdrew his name when questions came up about whether he had supported controversial interrogation techniques under the bush administration. in washington, i'm danielle leigh, nbc news. >>> more news from capitol hill, despite objections by the u.s. state department, google's executive chairman eric shah submit in north korea this morning. schmidt is part of a four-day humanitarian trip to the region organized by former new mexico governor, bill richardson. the group left beijing this morning. richardson says they plan to ask about korean-american kenneth bay detained by north korea in december. >> i have spoken to the son of the detainee. he want knows try to bring his father back. we think that will be difficult, but we're gonna try to see him and inquire about his condition, so that's another humanitarian side of the trip. >> the group is traveling as y private citizens, not representatives of the u.s. or google. >>> mo
are the homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to the president, john brennan, and on the left of your screen you see the acting cia head, mike morrall. lester? >> thank you. >>> in addition to the battles over the debt ceiling and cabinet nominations, the president has a lot more on his plate in the coming weeks, including a fight over guns after the tragedy in newtown. and there's word tonight about what the obama administration is planning to do. we get our report from nbc's mark potter. >> reporter: in aurora, colorado, scene of last year's moviehouse massacre, officials say a gunman killed three people in a home before firing at police. >> the suspect was hit and he has been pronounced dead. >> reporter: this as lawmakers call for more action. >> we will not have as the new normal a mass shooting every month. >> reporter: gun shows near orlando and atlanta drew huge crowds this weekend, but the decision to hold a gun collector's show near newtown, connecticut, where the school shootings occurred, drew mixed reactions. >> it seems insensitive to have the event continue. >> i believ
nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early this morning. he's a 25 year vet at the cia and went through his own bit of controversy when he was first considered for that job back in 2008. as for chuck hagel, he is expected to face criticism from his own party, both of those nominations being announced later today. today president obama is expected to nominate his former senate colleague, 66-year-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel. >> reporter: a purple heart veteran wounded in vietnam is a moderate republican who criticized the iraq troop surge, opposed unilateral sanctions against in and once said being gay inhibits effectiveness. >> he apologized for it. >> reporter: republicans call him a controversial in your face pick. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense will be the mo
brennan, who spent 25 years at the cia, would now run the agency. >> john has lost colleagues and friends. >> reporter: as demonstrators protested brennen's connection to controversial interrogation techniques like waterboarding that date back to the bush years -- the president moved to head off that criticism. >> he understands, we are a nation of laws. he insists on high and rigorous standards. >> reporter: but it's hagel's nomination that's receiving a decidedly mixed reaction. his flexibility in negotiating with iran. his past statements about israel and about gays all have become lightning rods. many prominent jewish leaders have been offended by comments hagel made in an interview to mid east peace negotiator david aaron miller, describing pro israeli groups as a jewish lobby. and gay rights activists recoiled at his description of a nominee for an ambassadorship in the '90s as quote, aggressively gay. hagel has since apologized for that comment, and he did not address either controversy today at the whitehouse. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: but hagel strongly defended himsel
lawmakers. >> reporter: protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> mr. president, i will always give you my most honest and most informed -- >> as a successful businessman, he also knows even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too to have on our ally, israel. >> he's had a record of distinguished service, but he's profoundly wrong on a number of the most important national security issues that face our country today. >> reporter: hagel insists his views have been completely distorted. he's also under fire for criticizing a clinton nominee
secretary, replacing leon panetta. he also nominated john brennan to lead the cia. both hagel and brennan will face senate confirmation hearings, and republicans are saying both nominees could face congressional opposition. >>> now, hagel would take over for leon panetta who lives in monterey. panetta talked about life after the pentagon. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, silvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren, and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. >> panetta has served as secretary of defense since 2011. his legny will include overseeing the troop drawdown in afghanistan, the trimming of the defense budget and the death of osama bin laden. >>> a gag gift greeted secretary of state hillary clinton when she got back to work at the state department today. you see this picture here? mrs. clinton got a football helmet with the state department logo on the side. secretary clinton has not made any public appearances since early december when she fell, hit her head and sustained a concussion. hence the helmet. she was released from the h
, of course, a new secretary of defense. john brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser in the west wing. it's actually a post brennan has wanted for years and now is going to get it. as for defense, this is the third time the president has had to fill an opening at the pentagon. for the second time, his choice is a republican. this time it's former senator chuck hagel, which is already touching off a big political fight. before chuck hagel can take over at the pentagon, he must be confirmed by the senate and he's already facing an uphill battle. even though democrats control the senate, nbc news has learn ed as many as 10 democratic senators could vote against hagel. public publicly, leading democrats have not expressed much support. >> i would have to study his record. >> as a republican, he may find support from his old republican colleagues to come by. >> there will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he will be treated fairly. >> reporter: he became known as a thorn in the side of republicans turning against the iraq war in 2007. >> most divisive since
and others. >> yeah, john brennan. the president getting pushed back on his choice for cia director and defense secretary. both men now having to defend their records and some controversial statements in their past. we'll get the latest, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, emotional testimony at a preliminary hearing tied to that shooting massacre at a movie theater out in aurora, colorado. from the first police officers to arrive on that scene, what one young officer thought as he came face to face with the suspected gunman. >> on a different note, a different approach to fitness. a lot of folks walk into the gym and feel intimidated by the perfect bodies all around them. now there is a gym that is only for people who need to lose a lot of weight. if you're thin and trying to stay in shape, this is not the gym for you. we'll get into this new idea. >> but will those rules make it easier for people who really have a problem to get the job done? we'll see what that's all about. >>> and one direction's new video. this one has already received 5 million hits on youtube. it's only been up t
appointments. thurgood marshall, earl warren and william brennan got on the supreme court that way before being confirmed. it's how john bolten was made u.n. ambassador. and larry eagleburger, secretary of state. so the obama administration seems certain to appeal this to the supreme court, brian. >> huge decision today. pete williams from our d.c. newsroom tonight. pete, thanks. >>> president filled a big job today that does not require congressional approval. he named a veteran of his own staff, his new chief of staff in the white house. denis mcdonough comes from the foreign policy shop. he has been deputy national security director. his was one of the faces around the table in the situation room during the bin laden raid. he goes back to the senate days with obama. he replaces jack lew, nominated to run the treasury department. >>> mitt romney, who has disappeared from public life since the election, was spotted today having surfaced in washington. he and his wife were saluted by the marriott corporation. his staff did not allow any media at the event. he will also attend the annual biparti
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